Creating a healthy living environment begins in your home. Air quality and environmental hazards are something that many of us take for granted. If you don’t know what to look for then you may not know what to fix.
What is the Healthy Home Audit?
Our Healthy Home Audit was designed to help homeowners identify potential environmental health risks and aid you in correcting them. We want to ensure that all the systems in your home are optimized for safety and good health.
Not Feeling Well? Don’t Know Why?
If you are currently experiencing frequent colds or congestion, headaches, rundown, sneezing, trouble sleeping or unexplained ailments, then it is highly recommended you consider a Healthy Home Audit. Let us tell you what is keeping your home from being a healthy place to live.
Our inspectors are trained in building sciences to help you evaluate your home. We use systems and tools to identify HVAC air filtration systems issues, concerns for heat loss or air leakage, measure harmful contaminants in the home such as VOCs, Formaldehyde, Mold Spores, etc.
What Causes a Home to Be at Risk?
If your home has air or moisture leaks they can contribute to an unhealthy environment. A defect or lack or maintenance with your heating and cooling system could be the cause of poor air quality and/or indoor pollutants, moisture or condensation issues. Most people this day and age will spend most of the time at home. What they may not know is that the home contains hazardous building materials, off-gases, air pollutants, mold, VOC’s, Formaldehydes, lead or other harmful products.
Houses built at the turn of the century to the early 80’s may have asbestos materials in hidden areas, lead service line and lead drinking water, vermiculite insulation in the attic, visible mold or environments conducive of mold growth. Asbestos fibers can easily be disrupted when renovations begin where they become a risk to inhale, making your new home unsafe!
What Can You Do?
Let the professionals help you. We will not only evaluate your home but test it for mold. Inspection Services Group works closely with an accredited laboratory to provide you with a detailed breakdown of mold spore concentrations at your home with recommendations for improvements. During the process we will also check the VOC levels, PM2.5 & PM10 (Airborne Particulate & Pollution Levels).
Depending on what the conditions are, at the time of the Healthy Home Audit, the inspector may also recommend radon testing, allergen testing or asbestos sampling. Both are upgrade options for our clients and can be done onsite.
Some of the biggest contributors to poor air quality are dust and dander, pollen, mold & Mildew, Bacteria & Viruses. The air that you breathe inside your home can have a direct effect to your family’s health. Our goal is to devise a solution so you have a Healthy Home!
Are old or dirty carpets a health risk?
Yes, they can contain harmful allergens which contribute to an intense immune systems response to create antibodies to attack the allergen.
Where could I have Asbestos?
Asbestos was widely used in many building products and can be found as insulation, adhesives, floor times, etc. Common places are walls and ceiling plasters, floor tiles and attic insulation.
How do I know what Mold I have?
You won’t know exactly what molds you have in your home until you send samples to the lab. Once, processed, you will receive a breakdown of what the spore concentrations are and how they may affect you. Based on this you will receive recommendations for improvements.
What other concerns should I worry about?
This varies depending on when the home was built and where it is located. Some areas have higher concerns for Radon, Renovations can create higher VOC levels depending on products and how the off-gas, Carpets and Smokers will contribute to higher Formaldehydes levels.
A clean and safe home will promote:
- Better sleeps
- More Energy
- You will be more productive
- Better quality of living